Dry needling versus manual therapy in patients with mechanical neck pain: a randomized control trial

Review written by Dr Sarah Haag info

Key Points

  1. Manual therapy plus exercise and dry needling plus exercise both offered some improvement in neck pain.
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BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE

Neck pain is a musculoskeletal condition that is exceedingly common and impacts up to 70% of people at some point in their lifetime (1). Clinical practice guidelines for mechanical neck pain recommend a combination of exercise, manual therapy, and/or dry needling.

The objective of this study was to compare the short- and intermediate-term effects of exercise plus dry needling to exercise plus manual therapy on pain, disability, function, and global rating of change.

Neck pain is a musculoskeletal condition that is exceedingly common and impacts up to 70% of people at some point in their lifetime.
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It is more reasonable to include manual therapy in a treatment plan for neck pain rather than dry needling.

METHODS

  • Participants were eligible for this therapist-blinded, randomized controlled trial if they presented to one of the study sites with a diagnosis of mechanical neck pain.
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